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3000 years of history - Today's capital of Carnival

"Siren of the Ocean" (Lord Byron) or as the Andalusians say: "tacita de plata" (small silver cup). The ancient Gadir, located on a rocky peninsula looks proudly to the southwest. Founded by the Phoenicians and transformed by the Romans into the mighty Gades, Cádiz went through an economic boom in the 17th century, thanks to a trade monopoly with the New World.
Cradle of the first Spanish Constitution in 1812.



- Carnival
- Cathedral
- Old town
- "La Caleta"



Short description


The sea still determines the daily life of the provincial capital and its 126,770 (2009) inhabitants. Ships set off to sea for Africa and the Canary Islands. Fishing, salt production and the tourism are the main economic activities.
Besides the famous carnival, one of the most important places for flamenco.


Main sights to visit


The new Cathedral – the most important monument of the old town. Baroque style with some Neoclassical elements. In its crypt lies buried the famous composer Manuel da Falla.
Santa Cruz church – the antique Gothic cathedral located close to the new one in the Pópulo quarter
Teatro Romano – Roman heritage right behind the Santa Cruz church.

Hospital de las Mujeres – important Baroque building with two courtyards and an imperial staircase.
Oratory San Felipe Neri – Andalusian Baroque of the 18th century. Contains a painting from Murillo of the year 1680. The building has been constructed on an eliptic ground plan. Place where the 1st Spanish Constitution was declared in 1812.
Torre Tavira – Cadiz' viewpoint tower with exhibition rooms and a
"Camera Oscura"

Plaza de Mina – place with shadow, beautiful buildings in colonial style.
Museo de Cadiz – contains the Museum of the Arts and the Archaeological Museum with two important Phoenician tombs.
Oratory of Santa Cueva – Neoclassical construction. Contains three paintings of Franciso de Goya from 1795.

La Viña – typical traditional quarter, very lively during the carnival.
Playa de la Caleta – city beach with the "Balneario de la Palma". Close to the Viña quarter.
Parque Genovés – boardwalk in the northwest, the green lung of the old town.




San Fernando – the "twin" to Cádiz on the other side of the bay. Equal to Cádiz San Fernando experienced its golden age in the 18th century. Many Baroque and Neoclassical buildings.

Two other villages located on the Cádiz bay are Puerto Real and El Puerto de Santa María. The second offers many good fish restaurants and nice beaches.

Touristic infrastructure


Tourist information
Calderón de la Barca 1
Plaza San Juan de Dios 11

Traffic connections
International airport in Jerez de la Frontera (35 km/22 miles)

Railway station (RENFE) – trains to Seville/Córdoba/Madrid

Motorway to Seville; National roads to
Granada/Málaga, Algeciras/Málaga and Seville/Córdoba.

(Ferry)Boats to the Canary Islands and Genoa (northern Italy)

Approx. 25 hotels and hostels of different categories and prices.

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Tapas bars
Many of these located in the popular quarters Pópulo and La Viña.

All kinds of fish and sea food

Flamenco concerts: Baluarte de la Candelaría

Theater and music events: Gran Teatro Falla

Expositions (and other activities) can be visited in the five Cultural Centers of Cádiz

Main shopping streets: San Francisco, Ancha, Columela, Compañia, Pelota and Cervantes

Market: "El Piojito"
close to the Arco de Pópulo in the new part of the city (Monday)


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